Category: Game Notes

Series Recap: Benintendi Homers in 2-1 Series Loss vs Tri-City

The Spinners played a three game series against the Tri-City, losing two of the three games. Despite the losses, there were many bright spots between the offense and pitching performances.

The series started off well, with the Spinners grinding out a 2-1 victory. Dioscar Romero started for Lowell as he pitched four innings, giving up three hits, only one run, and struck out two batters. The Spinners received tremendous efforts out of relievers Logan Boyd, Taylor Nunez, and Bobby Poyner, who picked up the save. All relief pitchers combined to give up no runs and five strikeouts.

The offense was led by Luis Alexander Basabe, who went 2-3 with a double and scored a run. Player of the game Josh Ockimey drove in the winning run in the bottom of the second inning. Chad De La Guerra also had a strong offensive showing, going 2-3 and scoring a run.

The Spinners also celebrated social media night with the Spinners players having their headshots say their twitter names. Additionally, there was some on-field entertainment where fans chose to vote via Twitter and Instagram for who they believed should win competitions that were performed on the field by fans. Fans were also able to send in their pictures through Instagram of their seat and the best one received a prize.

In the second game of the three game series against Tri-City, the Spinners took a 5-4 loss. Despite the loss, the Spinners offense had a prominent showing. Center fielder Andrew Benintendi hit his fourth home run of the season. Eight of the nine starters had hits in the game, with De La Guerra, Matheny, Nunez, Basabe, all hitting doubles. Daniel Zandona was also impressive, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Down 5-4 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Spinners made a strong effort to take the game into extras but came up short.

On the field between innings, there were multiple performances by the Zooperstars. Tim Tebull was there, dancing on the field and pranking the visiting team. He also walked around the concourse. Roger Clamens took the field as well, eating someone and then spitting them back up. The Zooperstars performance was appreciated by the fans on this year’s Camp Day.

The Spinners and Tri-City Valleycats concluded their three game series with the Valleycats coming away with the close victory, 4-2.

Lowell kept it close and even had the lead early on, jumping ahead 2-0 against the Valleycats.

The Spinners started the game by loading the bases with no outs. Chad De La Guerra doubled down the left field line to bring in two batters.

Tri-City took the lead in the 7th inning after they hit an infield single which loaded the bases. Then a wild pitch gave the ValleyCats a 3-2 lead. One batter later, they hit a sacrifice fly which extended their lead and the Spinners could pull no closer, falling, 4-2.

Victor Acosta had the only two hit night for the Spinners while De La Guerra had both RBI’s with his ninth double of the season (leads the team).

Luis Ramos started for the Spinners, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings and struck out a pair. Randy Perez (0-2, 1.62) came in to relieve him. He got out of one jam in the fifth inning but could not escape the other, picking up the loss with two runs, one earned, on a hit and two walks in an inning plus. New pitcher for the Spinners,Trevor Kelley, allowed an inherited runner to score, but was otherwise performed well as he pitched 1.2 innings and striking out a batter. Edwar Garcia pitched a scoreless ninth to give the Spinners a chance to win.

There was plenty of entertainment last night at LeLacheur Park as Chelmsford High School graduate and former NHL player, Keith Aucoin was in attendance at the stadium. He signed autographs for fans and supported his former minor league team, the Lowell Lock Monsters by wearing their jersey.

New England Professional Wrestler, Matt Taven was in attendance as well promoting the major wrestling event occurring at LeLacheur Park on August 2nd. Wrestlers such as Rey Mysterio, Rick Flair, and Matt Hardy. Matt Taven will be at the event as well. He also participated in the sumo challenge on field event where he clotheslined both sumo wrestlers and the crowd cheered frantically.

The Spinners start a new three game series against the (14-18)  Auburn Doubledays starting Friday night at 7:05. Jake Cosart will start for the Spinners as the Spinners look to bounce back after their two game losing streak.

Despite Early Runs, Spinners Fall on Vietnam Veterans Night

By: Garrett Upson

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On a night where veterans who served during the Vietnam conflict were honored at LeLacheur Park, the Lowell Spinners were unable to come away with a win against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the final game of their three game series.

Jake Cosart started for the Spinners but was pulled early, after giving up seven hits and five earned runs in 2.2 innings. He did have three strikeouts however, before Ben Taylor relieved him and struck out an impressive six Scrapper batters.

The Spinners (14-10) had many opportunities but were unable to capitalize on thirteen walks which hurt their chances of scoring runs. The Spinners had trouble catching up with the Scrappers but were able to keep the game close early on as Tucker Tubbs got on base from being hit by a pitch. Tubbs stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He came around to score on a single by Jordon Austin to get the Spinners on the board.

In the third inning, after three straight walks to load the bases, Victor Acosta hit a sacrifice fly ball to center. Chad De La Guerra was then walked, driving in the only run of the inning. The Spinners would score again in the ninth inning as Victor Acosta hit an RBI single but once again, the Spinners left two men on base as the rally came up short.

Veterans who served during the Vietnam Conflict were honored at LeLacheur Park during the Pre-game ceremonies. They were given a parade around the field and rose an honorary flag commemorating those that lost their lives in Vietnam.

In honor of Vietnam Veterans Night, a couple lucky fans also participated in a game on the field called Dizzy Bootcamp where they were put through a series of obstacles after spinning around a bat.

There was also a push up contest where fellow interns of the Spinners and fans competed to see who could do twenty push ups the fastest. It was very entertaining as the two fans showed the interns up and beat them.

The Canaligator along with mascots Mario, Luigi, and Scooby Doo made their appearance and played musical chairs. The Canaligator was about to win on the last chair when one of the sumo wrestlers who was hiding in the dugout, sprung out and knocked the Canaligator to the ground and let Luigi win. The crowd laughed hysterically!

The Spinners have the day off Tuesday but return to LeLacheur Park on Wednesday night as they start a three game series (two games at home, one game away) with the Connecticut Tigers. First pitch is at 7:05 P.M. The Spinners will also be celebrating Mustache Appreciation Night and give out (Spinners clubhouse manager) Dogman Bobble head’s to fans.

Balk off Win for Spinners on Bark in the Park Day

Just when you think you have seen it all, the Lowell Spinners won in the bottom of the 11th inning on a walk off catcher’s balk, evening up the series against the Scrappers. It was also Bark in the Park Day as Spinner fans brought their furry little friends to the stadium.

The players, fans and their dogs battled the 90 degree heat at Lelacheur Park on the second game of the three game series between the Spinners and Scrappers.

Luis Ramon started for the Spinners, allowing three runs, seven hits, and striking out one batter before Randy Perez came in for relief after four innings. Perez was stellar in three innings of relief, allowing just one unearned run on one hit and struck out a pair.

The Spinners offense got off to a great start in the second inning on an RBI single from Mitch Gunsolus.

The Spinners then scored a second run when Luis Alexander Basabe struck out, but advanced to first as Hector Lorenzana scored on a wild pitch by the Scrapper’s Dominic DeMasi, as the Spinners only trailed by one.

The Spinners took the lead in the third after a one-out walk by Tucker Tubbs and Chad De La Guerra. Hector Lorenzana singled driving in both to give Lowell a 4-3 lead.

The Scrappers rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning on a home run by David Armendariz, which went off the video board and eventually sent the game into extra innings.

The score remained tied heading into the bottom of the 11th where Jeremy Rivera got a leadoff walk. Victor Acosta then hit a bunt to bring Rivera to second and as it turned out, Acosta was safe with his perfect bunt. Tucker Tubbs registered the only out of the inning with a sacrifice bunt, advancing both runners. Chad De La Guerra went up to the plate and the Scrappers signaled to intentionally walk him. On the first pitch, the catcher of the Scrappers, Li-Jen Chu was called for the extremely rare catcher’s balk for leaving the catcher’s box before the pitch was thrown, which gave the Spinners the winning run.

There were some fun dog themed promotions unleashed throughout the game for the Bark in the Park themed game. On the first base side of the concourse, fans could get puppy kisses for a donation to Wignall Animal Hospital for just $2.

Instead of dizzy bat, two fans participated in Dizzy Dog Race, where they chased their tails and then ran through cones on all fours, along with jumping through hula hoops.

Two season ticket holders participated in a hot dog eating contest. There was a twist, however. They would have to eat the hot dogs out of dog bowls! The winning contestant went home with an autographed Brandon Magee bat.

Join us tonight on Vietnam Veteran’s Night for the third game of the three game series against the Scrappers begins at 7:05PM.

Rei Records First Hit in Loss vs Scrappers

On Star Wars Night at LeLacheur Park, the Spinners lost to the dark side of the force, the Scrappers, 8-6. Despite the loss, the offense gave a strong effort and fell just short.

Eight of the nine bats in the Spinners’ starting lineup had hits in the game. Spinners catcher Austin Rei, who was drafted this year in the third round of the MLB amateur player draft, especially had quite the night. He got his first professional hit, RBI, and run scored all in the game. Rei went 2-5, with a single, a triple, an RBI, and scored two runs. Two other Spinners bats had two hits in the game. Shortstop Jeremy Rivera had two base hits and scored one run. Mitchell Gunsolus also had two base hits and had two RBIs. Having a tied game going into the ninth inning, the Scrappers were able to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead. The Spinners couldn’t score in the bottom of the ninth, leading to a Scrappers win.

For Star Wars night at the park, fans were in for a treat. There were Star Wars characters roaming the concourse along with participating in between inning events. In the mascot race, fans were thrown a curveball when Emperor Palpatine emerged from the dugout and used the force to win the race himself.

Some lucky fans got a chance to play some Dizzy Light Saber Baseball Water Balloon Fight. Two parents had to spin around the light sabers until they were very dizzy and then their children threw water balloons at them that they had to hit. After some nearly falling down and being hit with water balloons early, we had a winner who went home with a nice prize.
Today is Bark in the Park at LeLacheur Park. Come with your dog to the 3:05PM game against the Scrappers.

Romero Rocks Start on #LikeAGirl Night in 3-0 Spinners Loss

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Last night, the Spinners took on the West Virginia Black Bears for the final game of a three game series, taking the 3-0 loss.

Dioscar Romero started the game for the Spinners, giving up only one run in 5.2IP. His strong performance wouldn’t be enough, with the offensive giving no runs of support. Romero recorded the loss for the Spinners after only giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out two batters.

The Spinners offense was a weak showing, but there were still bright spots in the lineup. Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-3 with a walk. Alex McKeon entered the game as a defensive substitute in the top of the 7th inning. In McKeon’s only at bat of the game, he got on base with a single. Jordon Austin also got a base hit for the Spinners.

The night’s theme was #LikeAGirl Night, striving to change the meaning of the phrase ‘like a girl’ and to empower women. In attendance for the festivities were professional athletes and olympic athletes, including members from the NWHL team, the Boston Pride, Jillian Dempsey, Jordan Smelker, Brittany Ott, and their general manager Hayley Moore, BU alumni Kaleigh Fratkin, Boston Breaker Suzane Pires, and US Olympic silver medalist Brianna Decker. The women threw first pitches and signed autographs for fans on the concourse.

Brianna Decker was involved with an on-field during the first inning; Brianna Decker Trivia. A lucky fan was able to answer trivia questions about Brianna Decker while she said if they were correct or wrong. The fan got all of the answers correct and won a great prize.

During the second inning, Boston Pride’s Brittany Ott took the field for a game of Shoot a Goal on Brittany Ott. Two young fans competed to score goals while goalie Brittany Ott tried to stop them. Both fans did well, with one getting a goal past Ott. The lucky fan went home with a great prize.

Suzane Pires joined in the on-field fun during the third inning for a game of Family Feud. A season ticket holder competed against Pires in a game of Family Feud with the topic being favorite female athlete. The season ticket holder guessed the top choice on his first try, with Mia Hamm being the fan favorite. Suzane guessed the third choice correctly, with Alex Morgan. The second option was challenging for both the season ticket holder and Suzane, with both of them unable to guess Ronda Rousey correctly. The season ticket holder still went home with a prize.

Fans who stayed after the game were treated to a beautiful fireworks display that occur at all of the Friday home games.

Join us tonight for Star Wars night at LeLacheur Park as the Spinners begin a series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. First pitch is at 5:05PM.

Spinners Falter Early to Black Bears on Military Jersey Giveaway Night

On a night where Veterans of the Armed Service were honored, the Spinners fell to the West Virginia Black Bears 12-3.

The Spinners got off to an early lead in the first inning with Luis Alexander Basabe stealing two bases and scoring through Andrew Benintendi’s RBI. Benintendi was the 7th overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft.

Jose Almonte (2-1) started on the mound for the Spinners, but came out of the game in the second inning after giving up five runs and myriad of walks. He was relieved by Enfember Martinez.

The Black Bears went on an offensive tear and capitalized on three Spinner errors by scoring seven runs in the second inning off Almonte and Martinez.

The Spinners tried rallying in the seventh inning with Josh Ockimey leading off with a single. Tucker Tubbs followed with a double, and Mitch Gunsolus singled them both home to cut the deficit to seven. The rally was not enough, as the Black Bears scored two more runs in the ninth inning when the rain started coming down heavy at LeLacheur Park.

With the series tied at one game apiece, the Spinners look to take the series finale against the Black Bears Friday night on “#LikeAGirl Night” with Post-Game Fireworks.

Dioscar Romero (1-1, 5.59) gets the ball for the 7:05 first pitch.

The Spinners organization honored Military Veterans on Thursday night with a replica military jersey giveaway. Veterans were also honored during the Lahey Health Pre-Game Parade, and later given accolades during the third inning.

Scooby Doo made his usual appearance in the Mystery Machine along with mascots Mario and Luigi. The pair later did their usual Mario-Kart race, and Luigi took the victory by speeding past Mario, who slipped on a banana.

The sumo wrestlers excited the crowd through their usual smack-down. The Blue Bomber made a later appearance when the Canaligator raced a young fan in “Race the Gator.”

He snuck up on the Canaligator and slammed him to the ground as the fan beat the Canaligator in the closely contested race.

Basabe Blasts 2 Home Runs to Beat Black Bears 4-1

Luis Alexander Basabe’s second home run of the night

The Spinners headed into Wednesday’s game atop the Stedler division and looked to take the first game of a three game series against the West Virginia Black Bears.

Jake Cosart started the game for the Spinners, giving a strong performance. Cosart went five hitless and scoreless innings, before being taken out due to a high pitch count. He would go on to get the win.

The story of the night however, was Spinners right fielder Luis Alexander Basabe. He carried the Spinners to the 4-1 victory. Basabe went 2-4, with a solo shot in the third inning and drove in two runs with a three run home run in the fifth inning, his 4th of the season. Basabe is also the first Spinner in franchise history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate. He accomplished this feat against Vermont on June 30th and did it again last night. Not only was Basabe impressive at the plate, but he made a spectacular catch as well, keeping the hits at 0 while Cosart still had a no hitter going.

The Spinners also had strong contributions from pitchers Ben Taylor (five strikeouts and one earned run) and Bobby Poyner (no runs allowed and the save).

The night’s promotions were top notch as well. The first 1,000 fans to attend the game received free rally towels.  In the middle of the second inning on the third base side, two first year season ticket holders took the field for Dizzy Derby, sponsored by Amerident Dental. After spinning around, both fans fell before getting on their blow up horses. Both fans made it to the finish line after falling down a few times. Our winner went home with a great prize.

At the conclusion of the 8th inning, Minion Wipe Out took place on the first base side by the Spinners dugout. Our two minions, Kevin and Dave, had quite the obstacle course to run through. Their first task was running through cones, which Kevin and Dave had no problem with. It got tricky when they had to walk across balance beams. It was even harder to keep their balance when Spinners players threw water balloons at them from the dugout. After falling a few times, the minions next had to get past two Spinterns holding giant boxing gloves. This was too much for Kevin, who fell just before the finish line. Dave fell on top of Kevin but was able to just make it past the finish line and take the victory.

The Spinners and Black Bears meet again Thursday night at 7:05 P.M. for Military Appreciation Night presented by US Family Health Plan.

Mitchell Gunsolus Homers in 11-2 Loss to Tigers

 

spinnersjuly2The Spinners returned to LeLacheur Park on Thursday evening for one game against the Connecticut Tigers, taking a 11-2 loss.

The Tigers got to the Spinners early with Christin Stewart homering in the top of the first. The Tigers would score six runs in the top of the second, which included a grand slam by Cam Gibson. Connecticut would go on to score 11 runs.

Offensively, the Spinners hardly struggled, having only two hits as a team prior to the ninth as the 6-9 batters went 0-16 combined.

However, the Spinners would not go down without a fight as Mitchell Gunsolus blasted a two run 400-foot home run in the bottom of the ninth putting the crowd in a frenzy. The strong effort would not be enough, however, with the Spinners taking the loss. The Spinners look to take the last game of the series Friday night at Dodd stadium. Despite the loss, the Spinners hold a 10-4 record, good for first in their division.

Following the game, fans stuck around for some exciting post game entertainment, including an improv dance by the Spinterns, fireworks, kids run the bases, and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Before the fireworks got started, a group of Spinners employees took the field down the first base line and pumped up the crowd, dancing to a number of different dances, including the cotton eyed joe. While they were entertaining, the real fun began with the fireworks. The fireworks display was complemented by some patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day. After the fireworks, young fans were able to run the bases and ride Thomas the Tank Engine.

The Spinners next home game will take place on July 8th against the West Virginia Black Bears, beginning a six game home stand.

Spinners Grind Out Win Over Ironbirds; Complete the Sweep

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On a night honoring the town of Chelmsford, Spinners completed a three game sweep of the Aberdeen IronBirds.

All fans attending the game received red bandanas when entering the gates. Also, prior to the game, Boston Marathon survivors Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo took the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Jose Almonte started the game for the Spinners, going six innings and giving up only two runs as well as striking out an impressive seven batters. Taylor Nunez pitched three innings, getting the save. Offensively, Chad De La Guerra had another great night, going 2-4 with two doubles. Jordon Austin also had a stellar performance, going 3-4 with two RBIs.

With the win, the Spinners continued their surge, having a dominant division leading 8-1 record. They also have the second best record in the New York Penn League, only trailing the 9-0 Williamsport Crosscutters.

Scooby Doo made his usual appearance in the Mystery Machine, however, the Chelmsford police chased him behind, sparking the crowd.

Jumping Jack, the amazing frisbee catching dog, made his presence at the LeLacheur Park, putting the crowd in a frenzy by catching five out of six frisbees.

In the middle of the 8th inning, fans took the field with Spinners Dance Team members to do the chicken dance.

The Spinners next home game is Thursday, July 2nd, when they face the Connecticut Tigers. Be sure to join us at LeLacheur Park that night for some post-game fireworks! First pitch is at 7:05PM.

Baseball is Back at LeLacheur

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Thursday night marked the beginning of Spinners 2015 baseball at LeLacheur Park. The festivities began with a number of pre-game on-field ceremonies, including Field of Dreams, Thomas the Tank Engine rides, and a beautiful rendition of the national anthem by Miss Massachusetts, Lauren Kuhn.

Additionally, Drew Weber and the Joann Weber Fund recognized 16 local charities last night by bringing them on the field before the first pitch and presenting them with a donation. The charities recognized were: A.C.T.I.O.N (Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood), Alternative House, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Budget Buddies, Forget Them Not, Ironstone Farm, Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell Kiwanis Club, Melmark, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, My Father’s House, Operation Delta Dog, Page Apartments, Power of Flowers Project, Whistler House Museum of Art, and Zack’s Team Foundation. The representatives from the charities stuck around for the game and a good time was had by all!

The Spinners began their contest against the Aberdeen IronBirds at 7:17PM, with Danny Rosenbaum on the mound for the Spinners. The Spinners entered the game with a 5-1 record. Rosenbaum struggled with control but was able to go four innings giving up three earned runs. The Spinners’ offense started strong, scoring two in the first, but the IronBirds plated three in the third to take the lead. Lowell didn’t stay behind for long though, and their bats exploded for four runs in the bottom of the third, all four coming with two outs. Josh Ockimey, Mitchell Gunsolus, and Victor Acosta contributed the RBIs with back-to-back-to-back doubles to put the Spinners on top 6-3. Daniel Gonzalez relieved Rosenbaum in the fifth and pitched five strong innings to close out the game. The IronBirds got two runs back, but ended up falling short as the Spinners earned the victory (6-5) behind Gonzalez’ arm and a strong, error-free defensive performance.

Ockimey was the player of the game, going 1-3 with a walk, a run, and 2 RBIs in addition to his two fantastic plays at first base.

The entertainment didn’t end between innings. It was hard to find a time for bathroom breaks with all of the excitement on the field. Following the conclusion of the second inning, five mascots took the field for Mascot Mania Musical Chairs, presented by Honey Dew Donuts. This contest took place between the reigning champion Canaligator, two minions, and Mario and Luigi. This was a real hit with the crowd and the mascots. In the first round, the mascots got a bit too excited, knocking over some chairs. Luigi was the first mascot out. The minions couldn’t keep up with Canaligator and Mario and were out in the next two rounds. In a close last round, the Canaligator kept his title by picking up the chair and taking it away before Mario had a chance to sit in it.

After the seventh inning, Dizzy Bat, a nightly game presented by Amerident Dental, was played. Last night, fans Eric and Brian provided plenty of entertainment for fans during the seventh inning. Brian played the traditional way by balancing his head on the knob of the bat and spinning around. Eric, on the other hand, laid the bat horizontally on the ground and got on in a plank position to spin around the bat. He had no problem showing off his athleticism by doing push ups for the crowd. After about thirty seconds, the two men threw footballs down the field, surprisingly well. Be sure to watch for Dizzy Bat again tonight during the seventh inning!

Tonight, Jake Cosart will be taking the mound for the Spinners in the second game of a three game series against the IronBirds. Join us at 7:05PM for first pitch at LeLacheur Park.